Events in UCIS

Monday, December 6

(All day) Cultural Event
30th Annual Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs 2021 Holiday Open House – Virtual
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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The Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs 2021 Holiday Open House is in its 30th year! The Virtual Holiday Open House will take place from December 5th through December 12th. Travel through the 31 Nationality Rooms and listen to Pitt's Quo Vadis guides speak about special architectural features or interesting facts for each room. Take part in the Greek Christmas Trivia Weekend, practice making your own Romanian Sorcovas, see a performance from the Scottish Balmoral Pipes and Drums Band, and learn and discover so much more about holiday traditions, food, and stories from countries around the world! For more information about this year’s Virtual Holiday Open House, please visit: https://pi.tt/NRIEPHolidayOpenHouse.

12:00 pm Information Session
International Internship Program Info Session
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Global Experiences Office along with College of Business Administration International Programs Office
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Internships are crucial to success in today’s competitive job market. The International Internship Program (IIP) is a guaranteed, customized, full-time professional internship opportunity abroad. Spend 8 weeks in either Berlin, Germany; Dublin, Ireland; Madrid, Spain; Paris, France; or Prague, Czech Republic. As an intern, you will gain critical transferable skills and build global competencies as you are immersed in the culture and experience life as a local. This info session will provide you with all the details of the program, and you will even hear from a past participant. Visit https://globalexperiences.pitt.edu/iip for more information.

4:30 pm Lecture
Asia Now: The Unmaking of the Chinese Working Class
Location:
211 David Lawrence Hall or online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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China’s ongoing economic reforms have produced new types of legal, political, economic, social, and familial subjects. The revolutionary political subject of Maoism—“the People”—has been atomized into independent economic subjects responsible for their own welfare outside of work. This has been marked by the abolition of the so-called “iron rice bowl,” or a system of cradle to grave welfare for privileged urban workers, in contrast to exploited rural citizenry who have historically subsidized China’s urban industry. With the contractualization of all labor, even urban workers no longer enjoy a guaranteed share of the benefits of economic development. An earlier politically enforced inequality between city and country is increasingly eclipsed by a society-wide gulf between the rich and the poor, without any necessary geographical correlate. Collectively, China’s rural and urban reforms have resulted in tectonic shifts in the boundaries among the state, the market, and the family. For example, the state has been turning increasingly to the family to re-assume its traditional welfare functions, even as the very reforms that motivate this turn undermine the traditional family itself.

In the technocratic parlance of the Chinese Communist Party, these profund transformations are characterized as incidents of “economic reform.” This presentation will provide an analytic as well as historical narrative that seeks to highlight their revolutionary—and even counter-revolutionary—nature.

Teemu Ruskola is the Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law at Emory University, where he is also an affiliated faculty member in Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, History, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. In fall 2021, he is a Visiting Professor of Law and a Visiting Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Legal Orientalism: China, the United States and Modern Law (Harvard University Press 2013, Chinese translation 2016), co-author of Schlesinger’s Comparative Law (Foundation Press 2009), and co-editor of a special double issue of the journal Social Text on “China and the Human" (2012). He is currently working on a book entitled China, For Example: China and the Making of Modern International Law, which analyzes the history of the introduction of Western international law into China, and the implications of that process for the theory and politics of international law.
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5:00 pm Student Club Activity
Brazil Nuts Bate-Papo
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures
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Join Brazil Nuts for their weekly Portuguese conversation hour at all levels!

6:00 pm Student Club Activity
Pitt French Club Meeting
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
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Join members of the French Club to and have casual conversation in French! All levels welcome.